Monday, March 28, 2011

Meatless Mondays: Mexican Stuffed Peppers



I love me some stuffed peppas and I don't make them often enough.

My favorite being Neapolitan style, with fresh breadcrumbs, capers and raisins. What else did you expect?

These delicious peppers were a happy accident. I had a lot of leftover white rice, so instead of throwing out the rice (no wasting food), I mixed them up with some pantry items to make a delicious, healthy vegetarian and very kid friendly meal.

These were terrific, I hope you try them.

Mexican Style Stuffed Peppers:

4 red bell peppers, tops cut off and inside ribs and seeds removed
2 cups of cooked rice (make extra rice the night before so you have leftovers!)
1 small can of Fire Roasted tomatoes w/ chilis
1 small can of black beans, rinsed & drained
handful of chopped cilantro or parsley
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp cumin
olive oil
salt & pepper
2-3 cups of Mexican blend cheese (cheddar & Monterey Jack)

In a small skillet heat some olive oil and saute the onion and garlic with the cumin and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the rice, tomatoes, beans and the cooked onion mixture and herbs. Season with salt & pepper (you can add hot pepper flakes if you like a little heat).

Add the grated cheese and combine. This will be the stuffing.



Spoon the rice mixture into the hollowed out red peppers and pack them tightly. Stand peppers upright in a baking dish.



Bake in a 375F oven for 40-50 minutes, until the peppers are blistering.

Cut in half and let cool a few minutes before diving in.

Ole!



9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sigh. What kids are you talking about? Not mine. Picky, picky, picky.

The Japanese Redneck said...

The stuffing looks good, but I don't like bell peppers at all.

Would have to stuff the filling into something I like.

kat said...

Oh I bet that is good...I'm imagining that filling inside a poblano pepper!

Joanne said...

What a fun meal! I love mexican flavored anything, especially if it involves beans and cheese!

Anonymous said...

Looks great. I'd emit the white rice though--that's not so healthy

judee@glutenfreeA-Z said...

I love stuffed peppers and these look exceptionally delicious.

Rebecca said...

Yummy- MY kids would eat them- they LOVE red peppas- plus there's more vitamin C in a red pepper than an orange- Makes a fun presentation too!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Anything stuffed in a red peppa is my friend, why don't I ever think to do Mexican style?

Dana said...

It's funny. I kind of resist the stuffed vegetable thing - I have no idea why. Maybe the uber vegetarian thing? Anyway, no reason to resist this deliciousness. Great combo.